THERE are an estimated 448,500 foreign workers in Selangor, 444,000 of whom are employed.
This was among the findings of a 2019 foreign labour survey by the Statistics Department.
Selangor local government, public transport and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han said this in reply to Chua Wei Kiat (PKR-Rawang) who asked about the number of legal and illegal foreigners in the state.
“The department has never issued a statistic on the number of legal and illegal foreign workers.
“However, there is an annual and quarterly estimate on foreign workers based on a probability sample,” said Ng.
He added that the state Statistics Department would be carrying out a population and housing census this month including on foreign workers residing in Malaysia.
He said although entry of foreigners was under the Federal Government’s jurisdiction, Selangor government was ready to cooperate.
Ng added that several measures have been implemented by the state government through the local authorities. Among them were intensified integrated operations with the Immigration Department to ensure that foreign workers were in the right employment sector.
The state government also does not allow foreigners to do business as small and medium enterprises or licensed hawkers.
“Only Malaysians can apply for hawker and petty trader licences including business licences on premises owned by departments, agencies and local authorities under the state government.
“Stern action will be taken against unlicensed businesses run by foreigners as well as hawkers who sublet to foreigners or hire foreign help,” he added.
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